Reviews

'Arcade' by Drew Nellins Smith

In Drew Nellins Smith’s debut novel, Arcade, Sam, an awkward, likable late 20-something, guides us through a XXX video store on the outskirts of a Texas town… read more

'Frannie and Tru' by Karen Hattrup

If this sounds like a story that’s been written a hundred times in various combinations, that’s because it’s a crucial part of coming of age. Learning about life outside of your socioeconomic culture and experience level is what defines the act of growing up… read more

'The Halo' by C. Dale Young

In a mythic landscape populated by Greek gods, wolfish men and flightless angels, C. Dale Young’s The Halo, the poet’s fourth and latest collection, explores intersecting mandalas of memory, legend and the quest for self-actualization… read more

'Communal Nude: Collected Essays' by Robert Gluck

This is a cumulative accounting of Gluck’s interests: socialism, moral language, AIDS, movie stars, art stars, his house in San Francisco, and men. Dead and dying, living and yearning. It is part of the secret history of gay literature, the one not yet taught in school… read more

'Walking the Dog' by Elizabeth Swados

The book details the struggles of “former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac” Ester Rosenthal as she navigates a post-prison life as a high-end professional dog walker… read more

'American Girls' by Allison Umminger

There’s a lot to like about American Girls; the novel contains a humane portrait of a dysfunctional family, insightful critiques of celebrity culture, and a thoroughly original rites of passage story filtered through the voice of a complicated protagonist… read more

'Final Cut’ by Lynn Ames

Jamison Parker is a best-selling novelist. Her wife, Katherine Kyle, was former Press Secretary to President Charles Hyland. In a previous story in the Kate and Jay series, these women saved the life of the President of the United States while battling a sinister and secret organization called “the Commission.” As Final Cut opens, thirty… read more